PRESTONSBURG – An ordinance concerning the collection of tourism funds was given commission approval Tuesday during a meeting of the Tourism Commission at the Mountain Arts Center.
During the meeting commissioners read over the ordinance that was first read during Monday’s city council meeting and gave it their approval. The ordinance the city has proposed concerns the collecting of taxes for the Tourism commission. Mayor Les Stapleton has said that his intent was not to try to take control over the commission, but rather to gain more oversight over the tax collection.
Stapleton, who was present for Tuesday’s meeting said again that an ordinance which had changes to the commissions ability to hire and fire its director, was mistakenly presented to the council for first reading.
“I wrote out my ideal situation, and I went to statute and started widdling it down and down and down, and then I handed it to Sharon. When I handed it to Sharon, I handed her the wrong one,” said Stapleton. “I wasn’t trying to pull anything by anybody or anything else. I made a mistake. It was my fault.”
“I don’t want your checkbook, don’t have no desire for the checkbook. But understanding that when the taxes come in and we get ready to file suit. If we file suit over property taxes and occupational taxes, and we leave these taxes just hanging out there, we’ve just lost them.”
The commission did add additional wording to the ordinance that the changes being made to the ordinance are with the advise and consent of the Tourism Commission. Commission members asked that the wording to be put into place that more accurately reflects there control over the commissions operations. The motion passed unanimously.
Mayor Stapleton said that the change in wording would not require a third first reading, because it was not substantial change in wording, and made no changes to policy. The ordinance will be amended for second reading at the next meeting of the Prestonsburg city council.
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